Guan Xiao: Elastic Sleep & Neïl Beloufa: Soft(a)ware
French-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa received his Visual Arts National Diploma at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 2007; he later studied at Cooper Union, New York, and California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. Beloufa’s work has been featured in numerous international solo and group exhibitions at art spaces including Pejman Foundation, Tehran (2017); MoMA, New York (2016); and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2014). His installations reveal complex architectural structures, handcrafted with cheap and easily available materials; everyday objects such as fans, plants, and speakers are carefully assembled into larger forms that seem to be haphazardly presented or arbitrarily constructed. Beloufa is also a keen filmmaker. Often combined with video projection, his sculptures constitute, with moving images and sounds, viewing spaces that evoke cinematic experiences.